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enhance your Biotechnology knowledge

  • Sunday 15 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018
  • Closing date for applications is 25 May 2018. Places limited so book early!
  • Fee: £1,600 inclusive of tuition, accommodation, meals and visits
  • Early Bird Fee: £1500 (book before 31 March 2018)

University of the West of Scotland’s biotechnology research activity encompasses a number of areas spanning medical and environmental and biotechnological applications. These include host-pathogen interactions, identifying unique molecular targets and pathways for development of new medicines for neglected and tropical diseases, diagnostics, reproductive immunology, and medical devices.

Staff also undertake interdisciplinary research that interface the environment, human and animal health, infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Many projects include collaborators from both the health service, industry and other universities and are impact driven. For example, research on pathogenic free-living amoebae involves collaboration with ophthalmologists and the eyecare industry to discover new effective medicines for the sight-threatening pathogen, Acanthamoeba; research on Paramoeba, which causes amoebic gill disease and a huge economic burden to many countries, sees us working with the aquaculture industry; and research in biotechnology is a collaboration between Scottish universities and innovation centres.

What'll I get out of the Summer School?

  • You will take part in practical and applied activities in biotechnology to produce therapeutic recombinant proteins with the potential to target specific diseases using bacteria as a protein factory
  • You will be use bioinformatics tools to identify genes from genome databases and use molecular cloning techniques to prepare a plasmid for expression in bacteria
  • You will also be introduced to a simple affinity chromatographic protein purification technique

This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to have in-depth discussions on research with academics who are leading experts in their area that will supplement your knowledge, offer you research skills and expertise in the ever-growing and increasingly important scientific discipline of bioinformatics and biotechnology.

The Summer School aims to improve your understanding and practical skills in biotechnology.

Outcomes of attending the summer school include:

  • You will gain the satisfaction of generating a bioactive protein from first principles, whilst enhancing your appeal to potential employers and graduate schools
  • You will be given guidance on analysis and presentation of your data as scientific posters or reports and an oral presentation
  • You will be able to make lasting connections and lifelong friendship with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your enthusiasm for biotechnology and benefit from a global-renowned academic excellence

You will also participate in social events, field trips, excursions and other confidence building activities in which you will make new friends, discuss opportunities for future study with students and staff, experience what it is like to study at UWS, and get an insight into Scottish culture.

Summer School Itinerary 2018

The Biotechnology Summer School programme is designed to allow everyone to feel comfortable from the start. Social events, field trips and confidence building activities support the academic work with world-class experts, using some of the most advanced and unique resources, preparing you for the opportunities to learn and apply new statistical knowledge.

Summer School Planned Itinerary

Sun 15 July

  • A.M. Arrival

Mon 16 July

  • A.M. Welcome, induction to UWS, campus tour
  • P.M. Introduction to the School of Science and Sport

Tue 17 July

  • A.M. Intoduction to Bioinformatics - gene identification and validation
  • P.M. Extraction of genomoic DNA for cells

Wed 18 July

  • A.M. PCR amplification of gene of interest from genomic DNA
  • P.M. Excursion

Thu 19 July

  • A.M. Resolving PCR product by DNA gel electrophoresis and cloning to expression vector
  • P.M. Self-study

Fri 20 July

  • A.M. Making bacteria component
  • P.M. Transforming bacteria

Sat 21 July

  • ExcursionExpression validation by SDS-PAGE electrophoresis
  • P.M. Excursion

Thu 26 July

  • A.M. Presentation Preparation
  • P.M. Presentations

Fri 27 July

  • Wrap-up
  • Farewell lunch, celebration and presentation of certificates

Sat 28 July

  • Departure

Biotechnology Summer School Brochure

UWS’s Biotechnology Summer School is pragmatic in nature and aims to improve your understanding and practical skills in biotechnology. As part of the summer school, you will participate in a funded research project.

Biotechnology Summer School Booklet (4MB)


The Summer School is particularly suitable for home and international students and industry professionals with an interest in biotechnology.

In order to be eligible for our summer school:

  • a minimum language requirement is preferred but not essential (i.e. international students should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above (with no less than 6.0)in each skill)

UWS Research & Enterprise Guide

Although UWS is a modern enterprising university, its roots span 120 years with a strong tradition of practicality and relevance. Utilising cutting edge facilities, specialist knowledge and world-leading and internationally excellent expertise, our research has real-world impact and we are at the forefront in the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Download our Research & Enterprise Guide (21Mb - pdf)

Research in the School of Science & Sport

All research in the School of Science and Sport is coordinated through the Institute for Clinical Exercise and Health Science (ICEHS) and the Institute for Biomedical and Environmental Science (IBEHR) which are internationally recognised and were rated as producing world-leading and internationally excellent research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. School research is currently aligned to the centres and groups identified below and Environmental Management research falls under the umbrella of IBEHR and 4 key centres/groups - Centre for Muskoskeletal Science / Infection & Microbiology Research Group / Drug Design, Discovery & Molecular Sciences Group / Centre for Environmental Research:

Centre for Musculoskeletal Science

The Centre for Musculoskeletal Science brings together wide-ranging biomedical and physiology expertise with clinical and enterprise links to focus on key global societal health challenges including arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With expertise in inflammatory pathways and immunology, PAR receptors, vascular function,  in vivo disease models, tissue remodelling, microcomputed tomography, cellular signalling and gene regulation, the centre is a key player in national and international funded research partnerships e.g. Arthritis Research UK Programme (£1.2M) A major collaborative research programme to investigate protease activated receptor 2 (PAR2) roles in osteoarthritis; BREATH: Border and Regions Airways Training Hub (€7.7M) – A cross-border, collaborative EU-funded doctoral training programme focussed on COPD research.

Centre for Environmental Research

The Centre for Environmental Research is actively involved in research, enterprise and engagement in the areas of sustainability and environmental research and management. With expertise in aquaculture and fish health and welfare, waste and waste water treatment (municipal and industrial), waste management, sustainable mining practices (including hydraulic fracturing or fracking) soil quality and health, urban environments and climate change, staff are actively involved in externally funded research with national and international partners and industry (e.g. Stemcor, Arcelor Mittal, Tata, EU commission, NATO, British Council, MARS, DEFRA, WRAP, Hydroklear Services, NERC).

Drug Design, Discovery and Molecular Sciences Research Group

This research group undertakes key pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and materials science research.

Physical and Mathematical Sciences Research Group

The Group’s research is multifaceted, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative, contributing towards pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental, materials and formulation science, with strong links to engineering, physics and healthcare. Group activity is underpinned through established industrial links (e.g. Sudarshan, BASF, Polaroid, PBS, Clariant AG, GMI/WEEE Scotland) and external funding (EPSRC, Innovate UK, OGIC, Royal Society). Current research in physical sciences includes development of π-conjugated materials for advanced high performance optical and optoelectronic applications, synthesis, characterisation and functionalisation of biomaterials, natural materials, nanomaterials and responsive polymers for medical and industrial applications and the isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive marine and terrestrial-derived microbial natural products. Mathematics and theoretical research includes modelling of physical and biological processes such as liquid crystal devices for displays and sensors, novel ultrasonic devices, heat flow in novel welding techniques, nutrient flow in fish and amphibian egg masses and mathematical ecology.

Infection and Microbiology Group

Research activity encompasses a number of areas spanning medical and environmental applications. These include host-pathogen interactions, new medicines for neglected and tropical diseases, diagnostics, reproductive immunology, medical devices for cell manipulation. Staff are also research at the interface between the environment and human and animal health, specifically studying infectious disease transmission and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Many projects include collaborators from both the Health Service and Industry and are impact driven.  For example, research on pathogenic free-living amoebae involves collaborating with ophthalmologists and the eyecare industry to discover new effective medicines for the sight-threatening pathogen, Acanthamoeba. Research with the aquaculture industry is investigating Paramoeba, which causes amoebic gill disease and a huge economic burden to many countries.

Clinical Exercise, Nutrition and Environment Research Group

The Clinical Exercise, Nutrition and Environment Research Group has a breadth of research expertise which focuses on the health effects of physical activity.  Staff are currently involved in a variety of projects including: the development and evaluation of school based interventions to increase childhood physical activity and to reduce obesity; work with industry to develop digital health platforms to improve patient treatment (government funded); industry funded projects assessing the interaction between the human micro-biome and dietary nitrate supplementation; studies on the role of small molecules produced by the gut microbiome in human health; ultrasound assessment of cardiac and vascular function both in elderly and paediatric populations; and the use of exercise as a treatment option in clinical populations such as in patients with multiple sclerosis (government funded).  The team also includes qualified physiotherapists and a biomechanist who have research interests in rehabilitation, and biomechanics evaluation of performance both in sports performance and health contexts.

Sport, Education and Society Group

The Group’s research explores the development and delivery of sport from participation to performance, through the key themes of gender and equality, community sport and physical activity, applied sport performance, and coach education and practitioner development.  The team has a broad range of expertise across the fields of sport psychology, sociology, physical activity, management, pedagogy, coaching education and practice, tourism, and development pathways.  Current projects include work in women’s boxing, walking football, masculinity and bodybuilders, curling and communities, falls prevention, use of fitness apps, sport psychologist training and development, coaching philosophies and development, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning in football.

Summer School Contact

If you have any questions surrounding the summer School, please contact Mr Jan MIller (details below):

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Miller, Jan


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Last updated: 09/03/2018